Serving New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut (the mid Atlantic states)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon Sheila A. Bond, M.D., F.A.C.S.
All through our lives, well-meaning friends and family have excused the lumps and bumps that bother us most with the phrase, “That’s just the way you’re built.” In truth, lumps and bumps are simply areas of unwanted fat. Those “lumps” and “bumps” keep us from looking our very best. Sheila A. Bond, M.D., F.A.C.S and her caring, professional staff wants you to know that with a liposuction procedure you can rid yourself of unwanted pockets of fat to look your very best.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, sometimes referred to as liposculpture, lipoplasty or just “lipo” is a brilliant solution to removing unwanted fat from areas of the body such as hips, thighs, knees and arms, abdomen and waist to create a slimmer and better proportioned body. On the face, liposuction can remove fat causing a double chin or to give cheeks less volume and more contour. In all, think of a liposuction procedure by Sheila A. Bond, M.D., F.A.C.S like an artist with a chisel sculpting the imperfect areas of your body, making those areas appear exactly the way you want them to look.
Why get Liposuction?
Liposuction can successfully improve the shape of the body and, like many cosmetic procedures it may improve one’s self confidence as well. After surgery, you’re likely to discover that you’re able to wear a wider variety of clothing than before. Liposuction is not a substitute for regular exercise and a healthy diet. By following a healthy diet and exercise regime, you can help to maintain your liposuction results.
The best candidate for liposuction is a person who is physically healthy and of normal weight but with areas of excess fat that are resistant to regular diet and exercise. Patients with firm, elastic skin tend to achieve the best result. Patients with poor skin elasticity may not achieve optimal results.
How is Liposuction Performed?
Traditional liposuction is performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. Dr. Sheila Bond utilizes the Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) for maximum and precise fat removal. Before the surgery, the Dr. Bond will clearly mark the areas to be liposuctioned. The procedure is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions that are hidden, for the most part, in the natural creases and contours of the body. A thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through these incisions to loosen excess fat. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum attached to the cannula. The fat that is removed is either disposed of, or can be re-injected into depressions in the face, or in larger quantities, to round out the buttocks (See Brazilian Butt Lift).
A similar option to traditional Liposuction is SmartLipo, a laser liposuction procedure which can be done in our office under local anesthesia. (See SmartLipo).
The amount of time needed for liposuction will vary due to several factors, including the amount of fat being removed and the number of areas being treated. Generally, liposuction takes between one and three hours to complete and does not require an overnight stay at the hospital.
What is the Recovery from Liposuction Like?
After surgery, you may experience some soreness, swelling, bruising, stiffness or temporary numbness. Fluid drainage from the incisions may occur. Dr. Sheila Bond will prescribe medication to help with any pain or discomfort that you feel, as well as antibiotics to prevent infection. After surgery, a snug compression garment, similar to a girdle, is worn to control swelling and compress the skin to the new body contours. Patients are encouraged to start walking around as soon as possible. You will notice an immediate change in the shape of your body after surgery, though the final results will be apparent when all of the swelling has completely faded. Generally, most patients are able to return to work within a week after surgery. Strenuous exercise, however, will need to be postponed for about four weeks.
How do I Find out More about Liposuction?
If you are ready for a more contoured figure, a flatter belly, a slimmer waist or a beautifully chiseled jawline, call our office today at (973) 509-0007 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Sheila Bond. Visit our plastic/cosmetic surgery office located in Montclair, New Jersey (NJ). We also serve patients from Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Sussex counties, as well as Jersey City, Newark, and all surrounding areas including New York (NY).
We look forward to meeting you in person.